2B20.40 Pascal's Vases

Concepts

Hydrostatic pressure is independent of the shape of the vessel

Overview

Colored water in the Pascal vase rises to the same level in all four tubes though the tubes are of different shapes. Note: with a video camera, this demonstration is appropriate for large lecture halls.

Details

Equipment

  • Pascal's vases
  • [1] Video camera
  • [1] Backdrop
  • Colored water

Script

  1. Add water to one tube of Pascal's vase. The water will distribute through the tubes so that the height of the water is the same in all four tubes.
 

Additional Resources

References

  • PIRA 2B20.40

Disclaimer

  • Don't attempt this at home!

Last revised

  • 2018

Technicals

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